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Essays on Technology, Civilization, and saving the world by Galaxy Science Fiction Science Editor Jerry Pournelle, PhD. Preface by Larry Niven, and Foreword by A. E. Van Vogt. From the Niven Preface: "Jerry Pournelle is our to make the whole world rich... He's been building the future since I was in grade school, and he's still at it." Essays include "Survival With Style" ...more
Published (first published September 1st 1979)
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Richard Penn
This is the result of actual proper thinking, the kind you do with numbers (perhaps a slide-rule in those days) about the possibilities for space travel in the Solar System. He presents very real problems, facts which most sci-fi authors simply ignore, and sets a challenge for us to overcome, who want to see people Out There.
Jim Clearman
This collection of essays, reviews, and rants was another formative read. Part engineering text, part treatise on the philosophy of expansion and wealth, Pournelle made a strong and memorable argument on why it's important to dream and plan for a wealthier future.
Probably one of the best collections of non-fiction short stories I have ever read. Pournelle is fantastic at identifying future issue that the world will need to deal with and proposing solutions that could be implemented to mitigate further problems. Unfortunately, we don't listen.
Lincoln Quirk
Inspirational nonfiction essays about why space exploration is a valuable pursuit for humanity, possibly one of the most valuable things we could be doing. Definitely recommend if you're into effective altruism or science based effectiveness. It's getting a bit dated.
This gave me a brief hope for the future.
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Dr Jerry Eugene Pournelle is an American science fiction writer, engineer, essayist, and journalist, who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte, and has since 1998 been maintaining his own website and blog.

From the beginning, Pournelle's work has centred around strong military themes. Several books describe the fictional mercenary infantry force known as Falkenberg's Legion. Ther
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